September 11, 2006

Tembec forests certified to FSC management standards

TEMISCAMING, QUE-Tembec has received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for over one million hectares related to two of its forest management units (FMUs) in the Temiscaming region of Quebec. FMU's 081-21 and 081-22 were certified by SmartWood, an FSC-accredited certifier, for a five-year term. The process included an in-depth audit to confirm that the company's forest management practices meet the FSC's rigorous standards for Canadian boreal and mixed wood forests. Tembec now has 7.4 million hectares (18.3 million acres) of Canadian forest under FSC certification, equal to 71% of the total forest land it manages. To maintain its status, the company will undergo annual follow-up audits to ensure that its forest management practices remain consistent with FSC standards. Any inconsistencies found during the audits must be corrected within prescribed deadlines. Moreover, in order to be able to apply distinctive FSC labelling to their products, Tembec mills will need to develop a supply tracing system in order to earn a Chain of Custody Certificate, necessary to support the marketing of products generated by certified forests.

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